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- Jaludin's Road
on Dec. 06, 2011
Interesting story. Has depth. Kept me entertained and wanting to hear more from Galloglass.
- Dream Magic: Awakenings
on Nov. 23, 2012
Most of this tale is G-rated and the bulk of it is world building and learning the magic systems. Nearly everyone in this story is a good guy and there is very little conflict. Part of me found that interesting, and part of me felt it made the story a little slow. Still, I enjoyed the whole concept that our necessary downtime, stuck in sleep and dreams, doesn’t have to be a waste of time. Dawn Harshaw built a very interesting beginning to a series.
By the end of the tale, Eric and two of his dream friends are ready to move on to the next stage and help fight nightmares. They shared several humorous missteps together, several triumphs, and several jokes by the brothers Lyle and Kyle. The book sometimes strayed into lots of lucid dream psychology or metaphysical jargon which was a bit over my head, but added to the world building. In short, I found this fantasy to be an interesting read and I look forward to seeing what the author does with the kids in the next installment.
- Shifted Perspective
on Nov. 25, 2012
I’m going to let you in on a little secret:
This book is so not me: No sex, little violence, like 3 cuss words, high cuteness factor. And I LOVED every minute of it.
But I am not going to beat myself up over that. No, instead I am going to tell you all why J. Bridger is now on my watch list. If she is this good a writer now, imagine what she can do in the next few years.
This book was a fast-paced, fun read full of humor and wit. I read it in three nights, the last night reading over half the book. I simply didn’t want to put my ‘little cocker’ book down. My man was amused. I simply found it fascinating to watch Caleb deal with this ridiculous situation; what would you do if you found out Senior year you were a shape shifter and that the shape you’re stuck with is a cocker spaniel? I loved how Caleb had to muddle through much of it on his own (that’s what coming of age is) but he still had the support of some caring adults and contemporary friends. Throw in the tension of relationship problems and male dominance pissing contests, and you have some real life scenarios that readers can relate to.
- Paying Piper (or “What Happened in Hamelin Town”)
on Feb. 13, 2013
This was a charming retelling of a classic, and provided a lesson not just for children but for everyone – essentially we should all be kind to one another. And look at that cover. How could you not enjoy a book with that cover?
But instead of being the typical sinister tale (which supposedly originated due to a plague outbreak that took the town’s children), Ilana Waters twists the tale in a unique way. Instead of reflecting the sadness of mass graves (which were often the results of the plague in 1500s Germany), the author shows how people can slip into every day unkindness, and pass those traits on to their children if they are not careful.